Archive | April, 2013

Museums of Tusculum bring home awards

Posted on 30 April 2013 by

At the Tennessee Association of Museum’s annual conference, March 20-22, the Museums of Tusculum College received an Award of Commendation for the Civil War Ball,  “Heritage and Hoopskirts” and an Award of Excellence for the exhibit “Scholars then Soldiers: Tusculum College and the American Civil War.”

At “Heritage and Hoopskirts,” the Doak House Museum partnered with the 1860s Living History and Dance Society to demonstrate dances of the period and taught the dances to the audience. Olde Towne Brass, a group of professional musicians who perform in the manner of early American and Civil War bands, provided the music for “Heritage and Hoopskirts.”

This event was a part of the 2012 Greene County History Week and was made possible by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Arts Builds Communities program, which receives funds through the sales of specialty license plates.

The new “Scholars then Soldiers: Tusculum College and the American Civil War” exhibit at the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library received an Award of Excellence. The student-created exhibit features information about the 19 alumni who fought during the war and the effect that the Civil War had on Tusculum College, including the merger with Greeneville College that had most of its assets destroyed due to the conflicts.

The exhibit will be on display through the remainder of the Civil War Sesquicentennial in 2015. The awards committee was very impressed with the quality of work and the involvement of Museum Studies students in this exhibit.

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Students recognized for achievements and service during Honors Convocation

Students recognized for achievements and service during Honors Convocation

Posted on 26 April 2013 by

Student excellence in academics and service were recognized during Tusculum College’s annual Honors Convocation Thursday, April 25.

The two top honors for students presented by the College are the President’s Award and the Bruce G. Batts Award. Luis Zamora, a native of Santiago, Chile, was presented the President’s Award and Billie Jennings of Mountain City, was presented the Bruce G. Batts Award.

President’s Award

Luis Zamora, right, was honored with the President's Award, the Bonner Leaders Program Award, a Senior Honor Key Award in economics and international business and the Walter R. Johnson Award. The latter award is presented by the School of Business and named for alumnus Walter Johnson '71, left.

The President’s Award is presented to the graduating senior who has contributed the most to the College and who has been the most outstanding achiever in the combined areas of academic work, athletics, campus leadership and personality. The selection is made on the basis of the student’s total four-year record at Tusculum.

Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of the College presented the award to Zamora, who is majoring in business administration with a double concentration in general management and economics and international economics with a minor in civic engagement.

Active on campus throughout his four years as a student, he is one of the founding members of the Help Me Help You program, an international non-profit organization that brings small businesses and entrepreneurs together with students to provide needed services to the owners and allow students to apply the skills and knowledge they are learning in the classroom. The program has been recognized by the Clinton Foundation for its impact on the region as well as global community.

In addition, Zamora is one of the founding members of an outgrowth of the program, the Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship, which is composed of seven divisions and more than 20 programs geared towards helping satisfy business-related needs and interests of small business owners, students, entrepreneurs, individuals and family members. He is a resident assistant, was a founding member of the Study Abroad and Global Awareness student organization and led the Bonner Leader student service organization as its director and Bonner senior intern.

Zamora is a former captain of the Pioneer Men’s Tennis Team and has been named a Capital One Academic All-American. He has excelled academically, regularly being named to the College’s honor roll lists and receiving the award of Academic Freshman of the Year in 2009-10 and the Duffield Award in 2010-11 for being the student-athlete with the highest grade point average.

The Walter R. Johnson Award and a Senior Honor Key Award for economics and international business were also presented to Zamora. The Senior Honor Key Awards recognizes students not only for academic achievement in their chosen field but also their capacities, special abilities and aptitude in their major field.

The School of Business changed the name of its award to recognize an alumnus of the College who has achieved success in business as well as been involved in service to the community. Walter R. Johnson is a 1971 alumnus who has been the head of companies in Alabama and Tennessee, served his alma mater as trustee and been involved in several community organizations. Johnson, who attended the ceremony, said he met Zamora a few years ago when the student was seeking his opinion of an idea he had to help community businesses.

In recognition of his work in the Bonner Leader student service organization, Zamora was presented the Bonner Leaders Program Award. This award is presented to a student in the program who has exhibited long-term dedication to the six key Bonner program commitments – community building, civic engagement, diversity, international perspective, social justice and spiritual exploration.

Batts Award

Billie Jennings, right, was presented the Bruce Batts Award by Dr. Melinda Dukes, vice president for academic affairs. Jennings also received the Honors Program Olympian Award, a Senior Honor Key Award and the Theatre Award.

Presented in memory of a beloved educator at Tusculum who helped define the college’s civic arts curricular focus, the Bruce G. Batts Award is presented to a student who clearly demonstrates the qualities that reflect the civic arts ideals.

This year’s recipient has been active on campus throughout her years on campus. Jennings, who is majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing, is a student editor of The Tusculum Review, the campus literary journal. She has been active in the theater program, appearing in leading roles in several plays on campus. This past year she was part of the group of students that studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain. After graduation, she plans to continue her education and has been accepted into the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Tennessee.

Jennings is a member of the Tusculum College Honors Program. She was also honored during the ceremony as the 2013 Honors Olympian as the Honors Program student who best exemplifies the ideals of Tusculum through academia success, civic engagement and service to the community. She has been consistently named to the Dean’s List and the Charles Oliver Gray list for academic excellence.

The Senior Honor Key Award in English, creative writing concentration, was also presented to Jennings. The honor recognizes students’ academic achievement, capacities, special abilities and aptitude in the major field. She also received the Theatre Arts Award, presented to students who have demonstrated outstanding support to the Theatre Arts at Tusculum, exemplary talent and dedication.

Student-Chosen Awards

Dr. Michelle Freeman, right, associate professor of business administration, was presented the Greene County Partnership's Outstanding Service to Students Award by Dr. Alan Corley.

Presented during the convocation were faculty, staff and community awards whose recipients were selected by student vote. Receiving the Outstanding Service to Students Award, a faculty honor, was Dr. Michelle Freeman, associate professor of business administration.

In presenting the award on behalf of the Greene County Partnership, Dr. Alan Corley said that “motivating, challenging, and compassionate” are among the words that students have used to describe Dr. Freeman. Known for her willingness to help students, Dr. Freeman is also a leader on campus, having served as faculty moderator and on several administrative committees.

The Staff Award was presented to Bonnie Weston, senior student life coordinator. As a student who came from Memphis to Tusculum, Student Government Association

SGA President Steven Hollingshead, left, presented the Staff Award to Bonnie Weston, senior student life coordinator.

President Steven Hollingshead said he has found staff members provide needed support for students in the absence of nearby family. Weston has been one of the staff members who is willing to help students and provide that support and has made a significant positive impact on his life and those of numerous other students.

The Community Award, which is presented to an individual, organization or business which has made a significant contribution to the Tusculum campus community,  recognized Creamy Cup and owners Eric and Lynette Price. The couple were among the participants in the first semester of the Help Me Help You program and have continued to be supportive of the program. They have also participated as vendors in the 2012 and 2013 Old Oak Festivals. Eric Price is a 2008 alumnus of the College.


Academic Honors

Hollingshead also presented the Community Award, selected by students, to Lynette and Eric Price, right, owners of Creamy Cup.

Senior Honor Key Awards were presented to students who have earned a 3.25 grade point average or higher in their major, shown achievement and aptitude in the major and possess strong character.  The following are the award recipients and their degree programs:

Art and Design – Pam Williams of Elizabethton;

Accounting – Beth Anne Collins of Greeneville;

Athletic Training – Erica Pomona of Pauline, S.C.;

Biology  – Cory Callahan of Bristol;

Digital Media – James Cox of Greeneville and Sarah Waddell of Cosby;

English Education 7-12: Joshua Davis of Sharps Chapel;

Dr. Troy Goodale, left, faculty sponsor for the Alpha Chi national honor society, presented the Alpha Chi Academic Excellence Award to Sarah Clabo.

English, journalism and professional writing concentration – Jonathan Nash of Talbott;

English, literature concentration – Cheyenne Hartman of Louisa, Va.;

Film and Broadcasting – Ben Spillner of Greeneville;

General Management – Samantha Underwood of Muncie, Ind.;

History – Samantha Lyons of Rogersville;

Interdisciplinary Studies K-6 – Alyssa Raterman of Urbana, Ohio;

Mathematics – Alex Wiedemann of Rogersville;

Mathematics, computer science concentration – Tyler Bright of Limestone and Beth Wright of Powell;

Mathematics Education, 7-12 – Laura Rees of Kingsport;

Jacqueline Waddell, center above, received the Jean Hixon Memorial Award for the northeast region of GPS, which was presented by Hixon's sister and brother-in-law Ann and Jim Hall. Tammy Leopper, below, received the award for the southeast GPS region.

Museum Studies – Sandy Salmons of Greeneville;

Physical Education – Lindsey Bridges of Knoxville;

Political Science – Vinton Copeland of LaGrange, Ga.;

Psychology – Kate Barford of Alpharetta, Ga., and Jenny Grant of Franklin;

Psychology Education – Joy Beeler of New Tazewell;

Sport Management – Andy Goellner of Denver, Colo. and

Sports Science – Taylor Patterson of Lexington, S.C.

Recognized as Honor Students for having the highest grade point average of their class were:

seniors – Jennifer Grant of Franklin; Tyler Bright of Limestone; Alex Wiedemann of Rogersville; Beth Anne Collins of Greeneville; Danielle Doolittle of Evansville; Samantha Underwood of Muncie, Ind., and Billie Jennings of Mountain City.

juniors –  Ryan Byars and Sarah Clabo of Sevierville and Robert Arwood of Unicoi;

sophomores –David Cooper of Greeneville; Lukas Winkelmann of Boeblingen, Germany; Nicholas Wasylyk of Mississaug, Canada, and Lief Ratliff of Fall Branch.

freshman – Samuel Davis of Harriman; Zoe Holcomb of Knoxville; Calley Lawson of Gaithersburg, Md.; Shane Lawson of Talbott, Konstantin Olie of Berlin, Germany; Troy Owens of Newnan, Ga.; Britney Turner of Morristown and Sophie Webster of Jefferson City.

Adam Brown, right, was presented the E. H. Sargent Award by Dr. Debra McGinn, associate professor of biology.

Senior members of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society were also recognized. Upperclassmen ranked in the top 10 percent academically of their classmates are invited to join the honor society. Recognized were:

Christopher Armstrong of Grandview;

Cory Callahan of Bristol;

Beth Anne Collins of Greeneville;

Danielle Doolittle of Evansville;

Andy Goellner of Denver, Colo.;

Jenny Grant of Franklin;

Paige Hudson of Hixson;

Alex Wiedemann, right, was presented the first ever Barnett, Conley and Davis Award in Natural Sciences and Mathematics by Dr. McGinn.

Billie Jennings of Mountain City;

Kayla Jones of Jonesborough;

William Kemper of Greeneville;

Erica Pomona of Pauline, S.C.;

Alyssa Raterman of Urbana, Ohio;

Sandy Salmons of Greeneville;

Ben Sneyd of Greeneville, formerly of Erwin;

Samantha Underwood of Muncie, Ind.;

Sarah Waddell of Cosby;

Alex Wiedemann of Rogersville, and

Luis Zamora of Santiago, Chile.

Allison Harris, left, and Billie Jennings, right, were presented the Theatre Arts Award by Marilyn duBrisk, artist-in-residence and director of Arts Outreach.

The Alpha Chi Academic Excellence Award, which honors the highest academically ranked member of the junior class, was presented to Sarah Clabo of Sevierville, Tenn.

Four students inducted in the Tusculum College chapter of the Psi Chi psychology honor society were recognized. They were April Poitras of Chuckey, Bridget Conte of Chattanooga, Russell N. Matthews of Morristown and Thomas J. Bitner of Chuckey.

Students who were chosen for the 2013 Curtis and Billie Owens Literary Prizes were honored. Students submit original, creative works in the annual writing competition. Ben Sneyd of Greeneville, formerly of Unicoi, won in the poetry and nonfiction categories. J. Phillip Reed of Florence, S.C., won the fiction category. Both this year’s winners have had their works published in numerous literary journals and both have received fellowships to attend graduate school. Sneyd has received a fellowship to attend Central Arkansas University and a position on the staff of Oxford American magazine.

Alyssa Carrino, right, was presented the Tennessee Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Outstanding Major Award by Suzanne Byrd, assistant professor of physical education.

Reed has received a fellowship and tuition scholarship to attend Washington University in St. Louis.

The Dr. Shirley Beck Award for an outstanding Master of Arts in Education major was presented to Darla Laudermilk of Knoxville. In one of her academic projects, Laudermilk worked to make students more aware of the services provided by the ARCHES program to help working adult students in their studies.

The Outstanding Education Student Award was presented to Angela Hilton of Church Hill.

Jacqueline Waddell of Greeneville and Tammy Leopper of Clinton were presented the Jean Hixon Memorial Award, named in honor of a long-time member of the Graduate and Professional Studies staff. Hixon’s sister Anne Hall and her husband, James Hall, presented the award. The award recipients are chosen by Tusculum faculty as students who have demonstrated academic achievement with a GPA of 3.50 or better and dedicated community service.

The E.H. Sargent Award in Science was presented to Adam Brown of Ripplemead, Va. In choosing the recipient, science faculty members consider overall grade point average, total hours in science and variety of areas covered in the sciences.

Kim Brown, right, was presented the National Association for Sport and Physical Education major award by Byrd.

A new award was presented in the area of sciences and mathematics. The Barnett, Conley and Davis Award in Natural Sciences and Mathematics honors Dan Barnett, associate professor of chemistry; Ron Conley, associate professor of mathematics and Dr. Robert Davis, professor of biology, who have exemplified teaching excellence during their combined 100 years of service to Tusculum. All three professors are retiring at the end of the spring semester. Alex Wiedemann of Rogersville received the award, which is reserved for a graduating senior outstanding in the combined fields of natural sciences and mathematics. The award is based on overall GPA, science and math GPA, depth of interest in science and math and academic service to the college such as tutoring and/or research.

Kristen Lane of Maryville, was the recipient of the Doug Ratledge Environmental Science Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student majoring in environmental science or the field guide naturalist program.

The Theatre Award was given to Allison Harris of Franklin for her participation and dedication to the theater program at Tusculum College.

Paige Hudson of Hixson was the recipient of the David Behan Award for her contributions to the theater program. Hudson has appeared in productions, worked backstage with a variety of responsibilities and served as backstage manager during her senior year.

The Tennessee Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Outstanding Major Award is selected by the physical education faculty and was awarded to Alyssa Carrino of Greeneville.

The National Association for Sport and Physical Education Award was presented to Kim Brown of Scarborough, Ontario.

The Pinnacle Award for highest scores on annual comprehensive examinations taken by athletic training education majors was presented to Carol Hogan of Pelham, Ala.

Service Awards

The Service-Learning Award was presented to Vinton Copeland of LaGrange, Ga. Copeland, who is a political science major with a minor in civic engagement, has been an active student leader on campus. He is a member of the President’s Society, serves as a resident assistant and started the Students for Christ Gospel Choir on campus, which has performed in local churches as well as in college events. He has served as vice president of the Student Government Association.

Recently, he coordinated an interfaith forum on campus to discuss such issues as the role of the church in the community, how churches can work together, how youth can be engaged more fully in the life of the church and how Tusculum students can become more involved in local churches. About 60 people attended the forum, which included a panel discussion of seven local church pastors and lay leaders and breakout session involving all the participants.

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Tusculum College mentoring program completes successful year

Posted on 26 April 2013 by

As the academic year at Tusculum College comes to a close, students participating as mentors in The Chance Program wrapped up another year with their Hal Henard Elementary School buddies.

The Chance Program is a mentoring program at Tusculum College, in which third graders from Hal-Henard visit Tusculum College to be mentored by volunteer college students.

According to Megan Buczek, a freshman education major from Chattanooga, mentoring is letting the younger students know that someone cares about them and wants the best for them and letting them know that they are not alone throughout their journey in their education and future career paths.

Because the program is located on the college campus it gives the third graders a glimpse of the college world and something to strive toward and achieve—a college education.

“Not only does the program show that to the children, but it also can be a way for parents or guardians who are considering going back to school or furthering their education to be on the college campus and see if it is something they want in their life again,” said Buczek.

The Chance Program focuses on a variety of topics, including healthy lifestyles, culture and diversity and reading and literacy. Students are introduced to healthy snacks and during reading time are encouraged to read about characters with cultural differences. The program also provides the child with a book that they get to choose and read while on campus with the college students that is theirs to keep.

According to Buczek, the program would not be possible without the generous financial support from The John Deere Foundation, who are committed to the promotion of reading and literacy.

“Hal-Henard and Tusculum College share a special relationship when it comes to this program because it would not be possible for this program to occur without the time and willingness of faculty and staff from both schools,” said Buczek.

“It is truly an honor and a privilege to work with the third graders of Hal-Henard and their faculty and staff. I am truly blessed to work with such an amazing mentoring program where I can individually make a difference in a child’s life. I, and the rest of The Chance Program team, cannot wait to see what this program holds for the future and how it can make an impact on the lives of the third graders and their families.”

Developed in 2009 as a project of the Tusculum College Student Alumni Association and supported by the College’s Office of Institutional Advancement, the program operated under the student alumni association until 2011, when it was adopted as a service project for the teacher education program at the college.

The goal of the program is to motivate youth to achieve their potential by fostering inspiration to transform lives, education to change attitudes and connections to increase opportunities by pairing elementary students with Tusculum College students for weekly activities that expose the youth to the opportunities of higher education.

Through the years, the program has been locally, regionally and nationally recognized and has served more than 200 third grade students from Hal Henard Elementary School.

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Band program to perform spring concert Thursday, May 2

Band program to perform spring concert Thursday, May 2

Posted on 25 April 2013 by

The Tusculum College band program will conclude its performance season Thursday, May 2, with a concert featuring a variety of music from American standards to jazz arrangements of well known tunes of popular artists.

The band concert’s spring concert, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building. The concert is also part of Tusculum College Arts Outreach’s 2012-13 Acts, Arts, Academia performance and lecture series.

Performing will be the Concert Band, Handbell Choir and Jazz Band with special guest performers Amy Saxonmeyer and John Brown.

The Concert Band will present familiar tunes in some new arrangements. “Tennessee Salute” will pay homage to five melodies that are ingrained into America’s musical landscape – “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “Wabash Cannonball,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Tennessee Waltz” and “Rocky Top.” “An American Fanfare” will incorporate strains of “America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee)” into an energetic fanfare.

The ever-popular “Amazing Grace” as well as Sousa march “The Black Horse Troop” and “American Barndance” will also be performed by the Concert Band.

The Pioneer Jazz Band previewed some of its repertoire for the Tusculum College Band program’s spring concert during the Old Oak Festival.

Arrangements of pieces by popular artists such as the Beatles, Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock will be among those performed by the Jazz Band. “Something,” “Sir Duke,” “Watermelon Man,” “Rock This Town” and the traditional “Tuxedo Junction” are on the program for the Jazz Band.

Two hymns will be performed by the Handbell Choir, “Immortal Invisible” and “His Eye is on the Sparrow.”

The spring concert will wrap up another successful year for the band program, which began in 2010. The program performs three concerts per academic year, a Christmas, winter and spring concert. The band program also includes the Marching Band, which performs primarily during football season, the Pep Band that performs during basketball season and various small ensembles that perform for Tusculum and community events.

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Class of 1963 to celebrate 50th anniversary during commencement weekend

Class of 1963 to celebrate 50th anniversary during commencement weekend

Posted on 23 April 2013 by

Members of the Class of 1963, are celebrating their 50th anniversary since attending Tusculum College, and will be honored Saturday, May 11, at the spring commencement ceremony at the College.

The Golden Pioneers celebration began in May 2006 and will include a variety of activities that include recognition and social celebration.

Donning a golden cap and gown, each participant will be presented a commemorative medallion marked with the year 1963 and will be recognized by Dr. Moody for their dedication and loyalty to the College for the past 50 years.

The class members participating will join the Commencement processional and be recognized from the podium by Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of the College.

For more information, contact Jessica Snoeyenbos, assistant director of alumni relations, at 423-636-7303.

Below is a schedule of activities for the Golden Pioneers celebration:

Friday, May 10, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

Reception with Dr. Nancy B. Moody and Mr. Tom F. Moody at the President’s house with Medallion Ceremony

Friday, May 10, 7:15 p.m.

Dinner at The Whistle Stop (Dutch Treat)

Saturday, May 11, 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast in Pioneer Perk, Niswonger Commons

Saturday, May 11, 10:00 a.m.

Commencement Ceremony

Pioneer Arena, Niswonger Commons

Saturday, May 11, Following Commencement

Golden Pioneer Luncheon

Pioneer Perk, Niswonger Commons


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Old Oak Festival returns for a successful second year

Old Oak Festival returns for a successful second year

Posted on 23 April 2013 by

Around 2,000 people visited the Tusculum College campus April 19-21 for the Old Oak Festival, which featured music, arts, creative writing, storytelling, theater, children’s activities and regional authors.

Tom Simpson of the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council presents a plaque commemorating the Old Oak's addition to the Tennessee Landmark and Historic Tree Registry to Tusculum College President Nancy B. Moody.

The Old Oak for which the festival is named was the focus Saturday afternoon of a ceremony to celebrate its naming to the Tennessee Landmark and Historic Tree Register of the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council. Describing it as a symbol of endurance, Tusculum College President Nancy B. Moody shared the history of the large, white-oak tree that pre-dates the College. The tree stands 100 feet tall and has a circumference of 23 feet. The limbs and branches of the 250 to 300 year-old tree span 100 feet across.

Tom Simpson, representing the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council, recalled that when he visited campus the first time, he knew which tree was the Old Oak. “It’s a magnificent tree,” he said, sharing the history of the Landmark and Historic Tree Register. Storyteller Saundra Kelley asked those gathered for the ceremony to imagine the frontier when the tree was just a sapling and reflect about its strength and endurance.

More than 70 arts, crafts and food vendors filled the area between McCormick Hall and the Niswonger Commons as well as the Pioneer Arena. Homemade arts and crafts such as jewelry, artwork, quilts and woodwork could be found among the vendors and festival fare such as hot dogs, funnel cake, ice cream and Italian ice and baked goods tempted the taste buds of those at the festival. Llamas from Walnut Ridge Farm were a hit all weekend, as was a falcon demonstration by Dr. Michael Bodary, assistant professor of English at Tusuclum.

Musical entertainment ran the gamut from the eight-year-old fiddler Carson Peters to the hard rock style of Capgun on Friday and Saturday and storytellers shared their tales on the stage as well.

Performances and creative works by Tusculum students, faculty, staff and alumni were also featured in a variety of ways. Prints by art and design students were on display and sale all weekend as well as the official festival poster created by student Jacinta Holdsclaw.

Education students and members of the Tusculum cheerleading squad manned the “Kiddie Korner,” which offered crafts, games, story time and face painting to youngsters. Among the musical performers students Curtis Moneyhun, Zach Wampler, Chris Weems, Jack Lampley, Robert Arrowood, David Nunez and Ian Allison, alumnus Dane Hinkle ’04 who performed with Michael Cable, library staff member Charles Tunstall and Women’s Soccer Coach Mike Joy. Also performing with Joy were student Kimsie Hall and Michael Hawkins, an assistant athletic trainer at the college. Hawkins is also part of the Capgun band.

The Pioneer Jazz Band joined members of Shiloh and the Kevin Wilder Group to perform on Saturday evening.

The Tusculum College Jazz Band performed on Saturday afternoon and also joined John Brown and Kevin Wilder and members of Shiloh in a surprise performance on Saturday evening. A highlight of the festival was the performance by Shiloh, Tusculum alumni who had performed together as a band while students who came back together to perform for the festival.

The Students for Christ Gospel Choir, a student-led and organized group on campus, gave their final performance for the spring semester on Sunday. Sunday’s festivities also included an old-time church service, which provided attendees with a glimpse of the life of circuit-riding preachers and what a frontier church service might be like.

The latest edition of The Tusculum Review, the college’s literary journal, was celebrated with a launch party on Friday afternoon with readings by Jan LaPerle, visiting assistant professor of English, and Erin Elizabeth Smith, whose works appear in the journal. Readings by Justin Reed and Ben Sneyd, the winners of the 2012-13 Curtis Owens Literary Prize student creative writing competition, were held on Saturday afternoon at the Rankin House prior to a reception for visiting artist Amanda Hood in the Allison Gallery.

Performances of “5 x 10,” five 10-minute plays by four Tusculum College students and a professor, were held Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A second weekend of performances is scheduled for 7 p.m. on April 26-27 and 2 p.m. on April 28 in the Behan Arena Theatre on the lower level (side entrance) of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building.

At almost any time during the weekend, people could be found waiting in line for the “Big Box,” a project by the Digital Media department, in which short films by students and faculty were streamed together to provide a surround visual and audio experience.

More than 100 students volunteered during the festival. Many were busy Friday morning helping vendors carry their wares to their booths while others assisted vendors in their booths, worked the Information Tent, helped move musical and stage equipment, provided directions to attendees in finding entertainment stages and other attractions, and picked up litter to keep campus clean.


Forty vendors were located in the Pioneer Arena, above, while about 30 were located outside of McCormick Hall.

Plans are already under way for next year’s festival. Mark your calendars to visit the Old Oak Festival April 25-27 in 2014. While festival organizers would like to have the festival the third weekend of April each year, please note that this is not the third weekend due to the Easter holiday.

For more photos of the Old Oak Festival, please visit the College’s Facebook page.

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Check out the latest about your fellow alumni

Check out the latest about your fellow alumni

Posted on 23 April 2013 by






Hope Malone ’05 of Bluff City, TN, has been appointed as one of 15 Reward Schools ambassadors for the state of Tennessee. Through the Reward Schools Ambasssador Program, which was funded by a federal Race to the Top grant. Malone, a fifth grade science and social studies teacher at Avoca Elementary School in the Bristol City School System, will spend the next school year traveling throughout Northeast Tennessee to help schools that scored at the bottom levels of state achievement tests.





Eugene Quentin Sams ’42 of Afton, TN, passed away on April 20, 2013. Mr. Sams retired from Philips Consumer Electronics. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps and was a member of the American Legion. Mr. Sams attended Fairview Presbyterian Church as long as his health permitted. His survivors include Tusculum alumni grandson Erik Sams ’08 and brother-in-law Robert Drain ’49.



Dr. Roger B. Solomon ’53 of Atlanta, GA, passed away April 12, 2013. A true Renaissance man, he had an inquisitive mind, which was evident not only in his career, but in his many activities throughout his life. This curiosity and strong belief in lifelong learning led Dr. Solomon to earn seven degrees from institutions such as Emory University, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, East Tennessee State University, Walden University and Columbia University. He was licensed and/or certified in clinical psychology, teaching-education, engineering (radio), and was an ordained deacon and elder in the United Methodist Church. He was a Kellogg Fellow for more than two years at Columbia University, a short-term Carnegie Scholar at Peabody-Vanderbilt, NDEA Scholar at Missouri and held a federal-state grant at Emory Medical. His teaching career spanned several colleges and universities throughout the South, with his final teaching assignment at Emory University. He was author of several books and numerous articles for professional journals. His survivors include Tusculum alumna and niece Mary Jo Solomon Slagle ’60.



Judy Aileen Lawson Netherland ’99 of Bristol, TN, passed away on January 15, 2013. Mrs. Netherland was a retired educator. She had taught grades 3 through 12 in Sullivan County from 1973 to her retirement in 1997. She also had worked in the library and taught English at Virginia Highlands Community College from 1999 until the time of her passing.



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Tusculum College Sunday at First Presbyterian Church is April 28

Posted on 23 April 2013 by

On Sunday, April 28, First Presbyterian Church of Greeneville will celebrate Tusculum College Sunday.  Please join the church and members of the Tusculum community in celebrating our  long history together.

The early service begins at 8:30 a.m. in Christ Chapel across Main Street from the General Morgan Inn.  Dr. Melinda Dukes will deliver the Moment for Mission.  Mark Stokes will preach at both this service and at 10:45.  Sunday school offerings will follow for all ages and interests at 9:30.

The 10:45 a.m. service in the sanctuary will feature members of the Pioneer Band, the Tusculum handbell choir and remarks by President Nancy Moody.  A lunch will follow in the fellowship hall.  All are invited!

First Presbyterian Church, the parent church of Tusculum College,  was founded in 1780, the first church in Greeneville and one of the first in Tennessee.  Rev. Samuel Doak, who later established Tusculum Academy (1818), preached the first services.  Rev. Hezekiah Balch, founder of Greeneville College (1794), became the first settled minister.  The current minister, Dr. Daniel Donaldson, is a member of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees.

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Tusculum professor honored by East Tennessee College Alliance

Posted on 23 April 2013 by

The East Tennessee College Alliance hosted the 14th Annual Lifelong Learning awards ceremony and luncheon on Wednesday, April 17, at the Foundry on the World’s Fair Site in Knoxville.

Dr. Eva Cowell, assistant professor of management at Tusculum College, received the Adult Educator of the Year award, and Ms. Annie Wright of Tennessee Wesleyan College was chosen Adult Learner of the Year.

Dr. Cowell has 23 years of organization, departmental and personnel development and training experience, including previous employment as human resource manager at Sears Roebuck and Company and as operations manager at TJ Maxx.

She has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in sociology, a Master’s of Science degree in human resource development and is currently working on completion of her doctorate in human resource development, all at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Dr. Cowell has been published in “Educational Gerontology” and the “Journal of Business Communication.” She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society.

Professionally, she is a member of the Academy of Human Resource Development, the American Society of Training and Development and the Southern Management Association.

Dr. William Lyons, deputy to the mayor and chief policy officer, represented Mayor Madeline Rogero, and proclaimed April 17 as Lifelong Learning Day for the City of Knoxville. Dr. William Lyons was the guest speaker at the ceremony.

Corporate awards were presented to businesses that have provided higher education opportunities for their employees. This year’s recipients include AT&T, Enrichment Federal Credit Union, Iron Mountain and Life Care Center of Jefferson City.

ETCA is a consortium of 11 regionally accredited colleges and universities dedicated to providing educational opportunities for non-traditional, working adults.

The East Tennessee College Alliance member institutions are: Carson-Newman University, Cleveland State Community College, Johnson University, King University, Lincoln Memorial University, Milligan College, Pellissippi State Community College, Roane State Community College, Tennessee Wesleyan College, Tusculum College and Walters State Community College.



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Old Oak Festival starts Friday, April 19 at Tusculum College in Greeneville

Posted on 18 April 2013 by

The Old Oak Festival kicks off on the Tusculum College campus at noon on Friday, April 19. The arts and music festival will be held April 19-21 and will feature something for everyone, including music, art, theater and creative writing, as well as gallery and museum exhibits, children’s activities and storytelling.

There is no fee to attend the festival. Hours will be Friday from noon until 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Sunday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 423-636-7303.

Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the entertainment. Service animals are welcome; however, no pets allowed. Coolers and alcohol are also prohibited.

A parade and welcome ceremony will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Rankin Hall stage, and at 2 p.m., officials from the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council will be on hand to recognize the Tusculum College old oak tree as an official historic tree. The large, white-oak tree that the festival is named for has officially been added to the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council’s Tennessee Landmark and Historic Tree Register.

Scheduled bands include local favorites such as the Threetles, a Beatles tribute band, Tusculum College rock band Original Copy, as well as Jimmy D, playing blues, straight up. Also in the lineup are soul and R&B group the Scat Cats and Bootleg Turn, playing their version of hillbilly rock. The Tusculum College Jazz Band will take the stage, as will the Stoney Creek Cloggers and protégé fiddler Carson Peters.

For the younger crowd, there will be two nights of dancing. Friday night will feature a Silent Disco and Saturday a Dubstep concert. Both will be held from 7-10 p.m. in Chalmers Conference Center in the Niswonger Commons.

The arts and crafts show will offer everything from watercolor paintings to handmade quilts.

Other items include barn wood frames, walking sticks, handmade children’s clothing, baskets, candles and many handmade items. Vendors will be both indoors and outside.

Many other groups, individual artists, storytellers, performers and other activities are on the schedule at a variety of venues. For a full music, performance and activity schedule, visit

Sponsors for this year’s event include The Greeneville Sun, Greeneville Federal Bank, Hometown Realty, Coca-Cola, WQUT-Radio, WXSM Radio, WIVK Radio, WNML Radio, WOKI Radio, 106.1 The River, Holston Valley Broadcasting, WJHL Daytime Tri-Cities, Morristown Radio Group, Merle FM Radio, WVEK Radio, WKPT, WTFM, Kingsport Times-News, WGRV Radio, WIKQ Radio, WSMG Radio and WCYB-TV.

For updates and more information, visit the website at or on Facebook at www.facebook/OldOakFestival.

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Interfaith forum April 23 at Tusculum College to explore how church and community can work together to address challenges

Posted on 18 April 2013 by

Church leaders will come together to discuss how churches can work together with the community at large to address challenges in an interfaith, community-building forum Tuesday, April 23, at Tusculum College.

“The Church and the Community: Where Do We Stand?” will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Chalmers Conference Center in the Niswonger Commons on campus. The theme for the event is “becoming empowered, inspired together.”

Leaders from local churches of various denominations have been invited to attend and participate in the forum, which will include a panel of local pastors and local religious leaders. Church leaders will share their expertise and visionary outlook in an open discussion of the future of Greene County, the church’s role in that future and how churches can work with the community to address challenges that will arise in the coming years.

The purpose of the event is to help foster interfaith development between churches in the community through panels, open dialogue, thought-provoking questions and their view of their role in the community from event planning to inclusiveness.

The forum has been organized by Tusculum student Vinton Copeland, a senior majoring in political science and minoring civic engagement from LaGrange, Ga. The forum is part of Copeland’s senior capstone project to meet the degree requirements for the civic engagement minor. Copeland, who will graduate in May, has been an active student leader on campus. He is a member of the President’s Society, serves as a resident assistant and started the Students for Christ Gospel Choir on campus, which has performed in local churches as well as in college events. He has served as vice president of the Student Government Association.

Tusculum students can receive arts and lecture credit for attending the event. Anyone in the campus community who would like to provide a dessert for the refreshment table is asked to bring it by Chalmers around 6 p.m.

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Young Writers Workshop to be offered during Old Oak Festival

Posted on 16 April 2013 by

Please join us on April 20, during the 2013 Old Oak Festival for writing workshops in flash fiction and contemporary poetry. Workshops will be hosted by Jan Matthews, visiting assistant professor of English; Dr. Clay Matthews, assistant professor of English, and several upper-level creative writing majors.

Jan Matthews is the author of a fiction chapbook, “Hush” (Sundress Press, 2012), and a collection of poetry, “It Would be Quiet” (Prime Mincer Press, 2013). Clay Matthews is the author of three poetry collections: “Superfecta” (Ghost Road, 2009), “RUNOFF” (BlazeVox, 2010) and “Pretty, Rooster” (Cooper Dillon, 2011).

Workshops will be hosted in Tusculum College’s historic Virginia Hall. Please find a schedule of events below:

9-11 a.m. – Flash Fiction Workshop with Jan Matthews

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Lunch will be provided. Take some time to tour the campus and explore the Old Oak Festival

1-3 p.m. – Contemporary Poetry Workshop with Dr. Clay Matthews


Please email Jan Matthews at with any questions.

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